is a form of cancer which affects the blood. It can affect the
production of important blood components which can affect the body’s ability to fight infection, carry oxygen
throughout the body and perform normal clotting functions. Other
important functions may be affected as well. Leukemia is usually
caused when cancer cells invade and grow within the bone marrow which creates the critical components of
blood. There are a number of different treatments for leukemia and
we will discuss one major type called leukemia chemotherapy.
First of all
it should be noted that chemotherapy entails the use of special medications which are introduced to the body and
which are designed to recognize and then destroy cancer cells which may be affecting different parts of the
In the case
of leukemia chemotherapy, these drugs and delivery systems are designed to kill cancer cells which may be
causing these leukemia cancer symptoms. It may also be used to kill
sufficient cancer cells such that the disease can go into remission.
It should be
noted that leukemia chemotherapy is a very common form of treatment for this disease. Surgical treatments are note used as extensively because it would be difficult
to access and remove the cancerous tissue involved.
chemotherapy is used, the drugs used to treat the disease may be introduced to the body in several different
ways. They may be taken orally. Or they may be introduced into the bloodstream through a
catheter. They may also be injected into a vein. And the drugs may be injected directly into cerebrospinal
A catheter is
often used for delivery of the chemotherapy since it allows for multiple doses over a period of
time. The catheter can remain in the patient for a good period
of time and it is only necessary to introduce the drugs into the catheter when necessary.
One of the
key drawbacks to many kinds of chemotherapy was the fact that while the drugs used were effective at killing
cancer cells, they also had a tendency to kill other healthy cells in the area. This caused a variety of side effects including nausea, vomiting, fatigue,
depressed immunity and others.
recent developments in leukemia cancer chemotherapy have enabled to use of targeted treatments. These treatments utilize cancer fighting drugs which attack the cancer cells
but which are designed to leave healthy cells alone. This enables
doctors to increase the effective dosage since it will have little to no effect on healthy
like this are what has helped to improve the effectiveness of leukemia cancer chemotherapy and lower the
incidence of common side effects. The net result is that sufferers
of this disease have a much better chance for a full recovery.
Or if the
disease has progressed to the point where it cannot be effectively treated, then this type of therapy can help
to alleviate symptoms, slow the progression of the disease and provide patients with the best quality of life
for as long as possible.